Look out Latrobe
The Thoroughbred has come to town
Clip art (c) Ken Houghton Rail Images
Back in the 1850's when
the Pennsylvania Railroad mainline from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh PA was being
surveyed, Oliver J. Barnes, one of their engineers was planning to build an
extensive railyard in the Loyalhanna
Creek Valley just west of the Chestnut Ridge. Instead he built the railyards 4 miles northeast at what he called
Benjamin Latrobe was
the son of Benjamin H. Latrobe, the architect of The
United States Capitol, and the uncle of Mayor Latrobe of
Benjamin Latrobe never visited the town named after him, and if he was alive and visited Latrobe today I'm sure he would be pleased that such a wonderful place bore his name. He might be confused by the fact that close to half of the residents mis-pronounce his name calling it Laytrobe. Oh well! Small price to pay for having a city named after you.
Today Latrobe is still
located on the railroad. Norfolk-Southern has about fifty
main line trains passing through each day, as well as a local that is based
Maintenance of Way also has a base of operations here. AMTRAK
stops here with the "Pennsylvanian".. The
Pennsylvanian provides service between
Latrobe is a thriving commercial center. Some of the products manufactured here are: Plastics, Kennametal & Latrobe Steel - Specialty Metals, and Saint Gobain – Ceramic Materials. We have a vital general aviation field, Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, which also has several Spirit Airlines flights to Myrtle Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa. You may rent cars from Budget, Hertz and Enterprise at the airport.
Arnold Palmer was a
native and resident much of the year. Mister (Fred)
For more information contact the Latrobe Area Chamber of Commerce.